[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 232 (Monday, December 3, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 71493-71494]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29001]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1193; Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-26]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of VOR Federal Airway V-8 in the Vicinity of Rifle, CO

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal 
Airway V-8 in the vicinity of Rifle, CO, to correct the description 
contained in part 71 to ensure it matches the information contained in 
the FAA's aeronautical database, matches the depiction on the 
associated charts, and to ensure the safety and efficiency of the 
National Airspace System (NAS).

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC December 3, 2012. The Director of the 
Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 
1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and 
publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace Regulations and 
ATC Procedures Group, Office of Mission Support Services, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    After a recent review of aeronautical data, the Aeronautical 
Navigation Products Group identified the current VOR Federal airway V-8 
description published in FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, did not match the airway information contained in the 
FAA's aeronautical database or the charted depiction of the airway. 
When V-8 was amended in the Federal Register of September 30, 1993 (58 
FR 51010), the airway was realigned over the Rifle, CO, VHF 
Omnidirectional Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation 
aid between Grand Junction, CO, and Kremmling, CO. In the Federal 
Register of August 9, 2010 (75 FR 47709), V-8 was renamed from the 
Findlay, OH, VORTAC to the Flag City, OH, VORTAC. The Rifle, CO, VOR/
DME was inadvertently deleted from the airway description. The FAA 
aeronautical database retained the Rifle, CO, VOR/DME in the airway 
description correctly and the associated aeronautical charts remain 
published accordingly. To overcome any confusion or flight safety 
issues associated with conflicting airway description information being 
published, the FAA is amending the V-8 legal description to reflect the 
airway aligned over the Rifle, CO, VOR/DME. Accordingly, since this is 
an administrative correction to update the V-8 description to be in 
concert with the FAA's aeronautical database and charting, notice and 
public procedures under Title 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.

The Rule

    The FAA amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 
71 by amending the legal description of VOR Federal airway V-8 in the 
vicinity of Rifle, CO. Specifically, the FAA amends V-8 to reflect the 
airway aligned over the Rifle, CO, VOR/DME; thus, matching the 
information currently contained in the FAA's aeronautical database and 
the charted depiction of the airway.
    VOR Federal airways are listed in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 
7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airway 
listed in this document will be revised subsequently in the Order.
    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an 
established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. 
Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory 
action'' under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ``significant rule'' 
under Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant 
preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so 
minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air 
traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, 
when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is 
found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 
describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 
Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's 
authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described 
in Subtitle VII, Part A,

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Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with 
prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to 
ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This 
regulation is within the scope of that authority as it amends an 
existing VOR Federal airway within the NAS.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with 311a, FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures.'' This airspace action is not expected to cause any 
potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary 
circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental 
assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 
24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9W, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 8, 2012, and 
effective September 15, 2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010 VOR Federal Airways.

    (a) Domestic VOR Federal airways.
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V-8

    From INT Seal Beach, CA, 266[deg] and Ventura, CA, 144[deg] 
radials; Seal Beach; Paradise, CA; 35 miles, 7 miles wide (3 miles 
SE and 4 miles NW of centerline) Hector, CA; Goffs, CA; INT Goffs 
033[deg] and Morman Mesa, NV, 196[deg] radials; Morman Mesa; Bryce 
Canyon, UT; Hanksville, UT; Grand Junction, CO; Rifle, CO; 
Kremmling, CO; Mile High, CO; Akron, CO; Hayes Center, NE; Grand 
Island, NE; Omaha, NE; Des Moines, IA; Iowa City, IA; Moline, IL; 
Joliet, IL; Chicago Heights, IL; Goshen, IN; Flag City, OH; 
Mansfield, OH; Briggs, OH; Bellaire, OH; INT Bellaire 107[deg] and 
Grantsville, MD, 285[deg] radials; Grantsville; Martinsburg, WV; to 
Washington, DC. The portion outside the United States has no upper 
limit.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, November 15, 2012.
Paul Gallant,
Acting Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-29001 Filed 11-30-12; 8:45 am]
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